Eight years ago I suffered from severe dehydration. I was teaching multiple aerobic classes throughout the day during a 100 day heatwave in Texas. My husband had to rush me to a Care Now facility after vomiting for a few hours in terrible pain, where I proceeded to vomit and then pass out. As I sat in the emergency room of the hospital hooked up to an I.V. shaking from the rush of fluids entering my body, I realized at that moment how important hydration was.
75% of Americans are dealing with Chronic Dehydration
Symptoms may include (are not limited to)…
skin’s lack of elasticity
poor circulation – fingers and toes are often cold
This is due to…
fast food laden with bad sodium
SODAs and Sports drinks and Juice and COFFEE
I have been reading Quench by Cohen and Bria these past few days and have already learned so much about how to hydrate correctly, when to hydrate and what to eat to keep me hydrated. This book takes the general rule of 8 glasses a day and flips it completely upside down.
Just a few habits I have tried to start in this first week of my January intention; optimal hydration, include…
A glass of lemon water when I wake up with a pinch of sea salt
I sliced a lemon and added water to a large mason jar and placed it in the fridge. Each morning I pour 8-10 oz of water into a FANCY cup (wine glass usually) and add a pinch of sea salt or Himilayan salt to the water. I gulp it down while my coffee is brewing.
Why lemon? Helps rid toxins from your body
Why Sea salt or Himilayan salt? Just a pinch to add sodium, micronutrients and minerals back into your system. Over the course of the night, a % of that was lost through breathing and perspiration. Stay away from regular table salt – as it does not have the minerals that your body needs.
at least 8 oz of water before every meal
This is two-fold: 1. you get your digestive system running smoother- adding water back into your bloodstream, which gets everything working again. 2. It fills up your stomach, so you aren’t eating on an empty stomach.
only 2 cups (16 oz) of coffee every day
Coffee is known as a dehydrant and mild diuretic but it does affect your hydration levels until AFTER you drink 24oz. According to my calculations, You can consume 300 mg of caffeine before your body starts to show affects of dehydrations (that is equivalent to 2 tall lattes from Starbucks). I don’t recommend that much, as it is still a diuretic but I get the need for a nice tall latte.
Use of a Brita water filter
This is just pure convenience. If water is cold, and I don’t have to sit for a long time at the fridge door for a full glass, I will drink more. This filter was only $20- it holds 12 cups and the filters (3 ) were also $20- the filters are good for 2 months each.
Carry around a cool water container
I’ve had this water container since the start of the school year. I like the small incremental goals which make me feel accomplished every hour. I bought this from Uncommon Goods. ONLY $20
Humans are made up of about 60% water, and we lose about 10% of that water daily JUST through breathing, sweating, and urine/bowel movements. Now, if you workout, drink a lot of coffee, or alcohol- it is even more. No wonder, just a few changes to my lifestyle has helped make a few noticeable differences.
In just 1 week- actually just 6 days. I have more energy. I ran 18 miles in a span of 5 days and never felt that CRASH that I normally do. Believe me, my legs were tired but I had enough energy to organize play rooms, rearrange bedrooms, and meal prep for the week. I have noticed that I haven’t really been that hungry, and my cravings for BREAD has gone down quite a bit.
I am training for a half marathon and my long run was on Saturday which was completed in record mile pace! I am not completely sure if that is my training or the hydration- maybe a combination of the two, but I felt really proud.
I am feeling pretty accomplished this week. Setting my intention was the easy part, Skimming the shelves at Barnes and Noble for a book that would educate me and set me on the right track was also pretty easy. Now I just need to stick with it.